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2010 Quilt Projects

2010 was a busy year in quilting for me. I completed a total of seven quilts and gave all but two of them away (two were charity quilts, two were gifts to my sisters, and one was a baby quilt for a friend’s daughter’s first baby).

Below are my finished quilting projects for 2010. Clicking on ANY image will allow you to enjoy a larger view.

1.  Kaffe Fassett Lap Quilt (a gift for my sister, Paula) – COMPLETED May 19, 2010

I made this quilt for my sister who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. I wanted her to feel I was close to her, even when I was thousands of miles away. I downloaded a free pattern from this site and spent two weekends stitching. I loved every second I spent making this quilt because it made me feel closer to my sister. I quilted this with an X in the middle of each block, and then straight line “in the ditch” around each block.

**This quilt was featured on Sew Mama Sew in July 2010.

Size of Quilt: 56″ X 56″

Fabrics Used: A variety of Kaffe Fassett prints. These fabrics are happy, vibrant, feel-good type  fabrics.

What I learned Making this Quilt:

  • The brighter the fabrics, the more fun it is to stitch.
  • Charge ahead, even when plagued by doubt – the end result is always better than you think it will be.
  • Sashing can really make your blocks POP!

Below are photos of the finished quilt:

2. Quilts for Kids – Lily Pond Quilt – COMPLETED June 20, 2010

I made this quilt for Quilts for Kids – an organization whose mission is to “transform discontinued, unwanted and other fabrics into patchwork quilts that comfort children with life-threatening illnesses and children of abuse.”

This is about as simple a quilt as you can make – simply cut 5.5″ squares arranged as you like into rows…then stitch them together. I used only  one border which is 1.5″ wide. The back is just strips of certain fabrics I really loved inserted between two strips of the main backing fabric. I did simple straight line quilting for this one – parallel lines about 2 to 3 inches apart.

Size of Quilt: 43″ X 38″

Fabrics Used: The main fabric for this quilt is Wendy Slotboom‘s Lily Pond – I love the pinks and calm greens in this fabric…and it is fun with the turtles and frogs. I used some other coordinating fabrics in my stash as well.

What I learned Making This Quilt:

  • It is more fun making a quilt for someone else than it is for myself.
  • A quilt doesn’t have to be difficult to be beautiful.

Here are more photos of the finished quilt (the first photo is of the back of the quilt):

3. 1930s Sampler Quilt – COMPLETED June 30, 2010

I started this quilt in 2009, but got discouraged with the quilting of it, put it away and did not pull it out again until the spring of 2010. I made this quilt as part of a quilt along on Flickr on this group. I loved stitching the individual blocks and it was my first time working with sashing and trying to get everything lined up perfectly.

Size of Quilt: 62″ X 53″ (a large lap size)

Fabrics Used: The blocks are all 1930s reproduction fabrics. I decided to use Anna Griffin Christmas fabric for the border and a large part of the back because the raspberry of that fabric matched PERFECTLY with the small amounts of raspberry in each of the 1930s fabrics. I used left over scraps to make a pieced binding. The back is also pieced using left over blocks to run a strip across the width of the quilt.

Quilting: Straight line machine quilting was used throughout. I quilted parallel lines on the sashing, and for each block, I quilted a small square inside a larger square.

What I learned Making this Quilt:

  • A good machine is a priority when quilting pieces larger than baby size.
  • It does not have to be perfect.
  • Finish what you start.
  • Sometime the projects that make you cry, can also be the ones you love the most.

Here are more photos of the finished quilt:

4. Chocolate Lollipop Zig Zag Quilt – COMPLETED July 25, 2010

This quilt took me a whole year to finally finish (I started it in 2009). I got inspired to make a zig zag quilt when I joined this group on Flickr and found out how easy it was to do when I read Amy’s great instructions on how to piece it the non-triangle way.

The quilt is reversible with a pieced back. It is bold, bright and not-to-be-ignored!

Size of Quilt: 49″ X 56″ (lap size)

Fabrics Used: The entire line of Anna Maria Horner’s Chocolate Lollipop collection with a solid chocolate to separate the rows of colorful zigzags.

Quilting: Straight line machine quilting was used throughout. I quilted zig zag straight lines following the zig zags in the quilt (2 lines of quilting for each strip).

What I learned Making this Quilt:

  • It’s not how long it takes that matters; just get it done!
  • Using a dark solid as a sashing adds drama and can really make colors pop.
  • Sometimes the back is more inspiring than the front.

Here are some more photos of this quilt:

5.  Spotted Owl Baby Quilt – COMPLETED July 31, 2010

I made this quilt for a friend’s daughter who was having her first baby (in Hawaii). I think this is one of my favorite quilts to date. I did a pieced back to make it reversible, and added a cute hand-made tag for the new little baby boy

Size of Quilt: 40″ X 49″

Fabrics Used: Alexander Henry’s Spotted Owl fabric in three colorways, along with some dotty fabric which coordinated perfectly.

Quilting: This is the very first quilt which I have quilted using free motion quilting. I mimicked the tree branches in the main fabric and did little loopy loops all over.

What I learned Making this Quilt:

  • Simple is beautiful.
  • Free motion quilting REALLY is not that hard once you overcome your fear and just DO IT!

Here are some more photos of this quilt:

6.  Daisy Chain Romanian Charity Quilt – COMPLETED August 31, 2010

Judi from Green Fairy Quilts and her husband have traveled to Romania for the last two years to bring quilts to the children in a Romanian orphanage. This year, I wanted to contribute something…and this was the result. I pieced this quilt  using a simple strip piecing method (split rail pattern) and made it random in its design. I pieced the back. I also thought it would be nice to make the label in the language of the  child who would be receiving it…in English it reads: “Sewn for you with love from Wendy”

Size of Quilt: 60″ X 60″

Fabrics Used: Amy Butler’s Daisy Chain fabric line as the primary fabric in the quilt. I bound this quilt with some turquoise batik fabric I had left over from another quilt. 

Quilting: The quilting is free motion – I used Elizabeth’s tutorial to help me through the process of creating flowers all over the quilt. This is only my second quilt to use free motion quilting – so it is not perfect, but I was happy with how it came out.

What I learned Making this Quilt:

  • It is easy to give away a quilt when you know right from the beginning that it is going to charity.
  • Random is good.

Here are some more photos of this quilt:

7.  Bumble Bee Lap Quilt – COMPLETED October 21, 2010

I made this quilt for my sister Donna. She had recently remodeled an upstairs bedroom into a black, yellow and white craft room…and I thought these colors would be perfect for that room. It is a simple four-square pattern. I pieced the back and placed a smaller four square block in the center. The label is fussy cut to show one of the cute flowers from the black fabric. The binding is also pieced using scraps of left over yellow fabric.

Size of Quilt: 43″ X 53″

Fabrics Used: The entire quilt used  Dab of Jazz (yellow and black colorways) by Gail Fountain (Maywood Studio).

Quilting: I free-motion quilted this quiltt with a large, free-form daisy in the center of each block, and a loopy pattern in the border which looks like the flight of a bumblebee. I don’t have a photo of the bottom right corner…but I also quilted a bumblebee in that corner.

What I learned Making this Quilt:

  • Although 4-patch is a simple pattern, it can become dramatic depending on your color choices.
  • Giving a quilt as a gift makes you feel warm inside.

Here are some more photos of this quilt:

2 Comments

  1. Max Kapelanski Max Kapelanski
    October 21, 2010    

    Wow, these are some creatively advanced designs. They make me think of complex music like multi-layered funk pieces from the 70s, one of my favourite types of music. I really don’t know anything about quilting, but this looks good.

  2. January 6, 2011    

    Max: Thanks so much for your comment!! I’m flattered 🙂

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